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Boston Globe cuts newsroom staff by 24 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Boston Glob ^ | March 21, 2007 | Martin Baron

Posted on 03/21/2007 2:37:38 PM PDT by abb

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron sent the following note to the staff today concerning employee buyouts in the newsroom:

To the staff:

I’d like to update you on the buyout.

We have accepted buyout applications from 24 of our colleagues in the newsroom. A handful of buyout applications were approved over the last several weeks, and some people already have left the Globe. The vast majority are being notified of their acceptance today, and they will leave the newsroom on various dates over the next few months. The dates have been set so that the newsroom has time to adjust to their departures.

It is always difficult to say goodbye to co-workers and friends. Wonderful people who have dedicated themselves so fully to the success of the Globe will no longer be working with us side by side. I know that all of us wish them well.

Because the buyout was oversubscribed, we were able to avoid layoffs, which would have affected talented people recently recruited to the Globe. The applications of some staffers were not approved. They included certain individuals with special skills and those in difficult-to-fill positions that required immediate replacement. No applications from those who hold the formal titles of section editor, department head, or above were accepted.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bostonglobe; dbm; globe; newspapers; pinch
Raoul's First Law of Journalism
BIAS = LAYOFFS

1 posted on 03/21/2007 2:37:41 PM PDT by abb
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To: abb

What a day for dino-wrap bad news!


2 posted on 03/21/2007 2:38:10 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; bwteim; ...

Ping


3 posted on 03/21/2007 2:38:10 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

Oh and IBTP!


4 posted on 03/21/2007 2:38:28 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: abb

Rule 2

You lie- You die

People who watch the news want news - not propaganda


5 posted on 03/21/2007 2:41:07 PM PDT by Lexington Green (Every American killed by a Mexican truck is a homicde committed by our leaders..)
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To: abb
The applications of some staffers were not approved. They included certain individuals with special skills and those in difficult-to-fill positions that required immediate replacement.

That would be the staffers who write copy from the AP wire and the op-ed writers.

6 posted on 03/21/2007 2:41:34 PM PDT by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: abb

Depending on the individual circumstances; getting a buyout for resigning is like winning a lottery. I bet that most of those who were disqualified feel gypped.


7 posted on 03/21/2007 2:43:10 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: abb

The 24 who were the least leftist.


8 posted on 03/21/2007 2:45:55 PM PDT by NickatNite2003 (From the Man from Hope" to the wife who snarls "Abandon All Hope!")
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To: abb

Another one bites the dust.

Another one bites the dust.

And another one's gone.

Liberal biased reporting [whether news or print]=Another one gone.


9 posted on 03/21/2007 2:46:32 PM PDT by Goldie Lurks (professional moonbat catcher)
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To: abb
Is the numerology behind the number of layoffs significant? Paging Calypso Louie, paging Dale Gribble...
10 posted on 03/21/2007 2:47:52 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: abb

"Because the buyout was oversubscribed, we were able to avoid layoffs."

It appears that even liberal "rats" can still see a sinking ship and try to get off before it goes under.


11 posted on 03/21/2007 2:49:35 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (I faithfully fart toward Mecca five times a day.)
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To: abb

Hope they don't fire Jeff Jacoby. He's the only conservative they've got.


12 posted on 03/21/2007 2:50:59 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47
They'll just suspend him on trumped-up charges before any significant event.

-PJ

13 posted on 03/21/2007 2:52:45 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: abb

"I love the smell of dying Leftist newsrags in the morning. It smells like... victory!"


14 posted on 03/21/2007 3:08:39 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: NickatNite2003
The 24 who were the least leftist.

You can bet on that...

15 posted on 03/21/2007 3:11:47 PM PDT by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: pabianice
"I love the smell of dying Leftist newsrags in the morning. It smells like... victory!"

These guys like that smell, too...


16 posted on 03/21/2007 3:12:06 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb
avoid layoffs, which would have affected talented people recently recruited to the Globe.

They hire first (less salary) and then offer buyouts to long term, higher salary employees.

Then comes the reason for less profits - due to the cost of buyouts. And the wheel of deception goes round and round.
17 posted on 03/21/2007 3:13:18 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: abb
Ping!
18 posted on 03/21/2007 3:14:47 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

I'll bet Howie Carr is laughing


19 posted on 03/21/2007 3:17:11 PM PDT by hondo1951 (i live in happy valley, but i'm not happy, BUT I'M TRYING)
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To: abb
When these job reductions are completed, the Globe will continue the ambitious journalism that brings so many readers to our newspaper and website every day.

Terrific libspeak on display.

20 posted on 03/21/2007 3:38:55 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Democrats soil institutions.)
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To: hondo1951; pabianice; raccoonradio

Betting Ron Borges' suspension becomes permanent.
Also hoping Dan Shaugnessy is gone.A complete tool.


21 posted on 03/21/2007 4:16:07 PM PDT by GQuagmire (Giggety,Giggety,Giggety)
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To: Jacquerie
Terrific libspeak on display.

Because the buyout was oversubscribed, we were able to avoid layoffs.

was oversubscribed?!?! Typical 3rd person passive CYA bilge favored by bureaucrats. BTW this Glob thread needs proper decoration:
The Globe apparently feels that American soldiers in the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters wear standard issue tennis shoes, blue do-rags, and winter camouflage sans insignia. A couple of weeks after the blogosphere exposes porn interspersed with Abu Ghraib pictures as a hoax Boston Globe ignoramuses publish this story about two morons still taking the hoax seriously:



(Pandering porn warning - click on image to enlarge.)

22 posted on 03/21/2007 4:19:05 PM PDT by Milhous
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To: abb

The last one to go will be Pinch. Hope he turns out the curly-q florescent bulbs.


23 posted on 03/21/2007 4:27:28 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Milhous

Update this morning.

http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/03/22/globe_cuts_24_jobs_in_newsroom_via_buyouts/?page=full

Globe cuts 24 jobs in newsroom via buyouts
By Robert Gavin, Globe Staff | March 22, 2007

The Boston Globe reduced its newsroom staff by 24 people, or 6 percent, through a buyout that included several of its most prominent and longtime journalists, including two Pulitzer Prize winners, columnist Eileen McNamara and investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian.

The buyout program was an effort to cut costs but avoid layoffs in the face of some of the harshest conditions for newspapers and other mass media in years. Staffers seeking a buyout had to apply for it. Most were notified yesterday that their applications were accepted, and their departures will occur over the next few months.

"It is always difficult to say goodbye to co-workers and friends," Globe editor Martin Baron wrote in a memo to the staff yesterday. "Wonderful people who have dedicated themselves so fully to the success of the Globe will no longer be working with us side by side. I know that all of us wish them well."

Other writers familiar to Globe readers who are leaving include restaurant critic Alison Arnett, religion reporter and former Middle East bureau chief Charles A. Radin, Bogota bureau chief Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, and outdoors writer Tony Chamberlain.

"It's very bittersweet," said Chamberlain, 64, whose nearly three decades of covering sailing, skiing, and other sports included Olympic games and the America's Cup. "This is not the typical job that you just want to escape from."

Two staffers from the editorial page also took buyouts, including longtime deputy editorial page editor and columnist Robert L. Turner.

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24 posted on 03/22/2007 4:31:01 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

Related story.

URL: http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/business/article/0,1375,VCS_128_5433861,00.html

22 Star employees offered voluntary separation packages
By Allison Bruce, abruce@VenturaCountyStar.com
March 22, 2007

Hit by an advertising revenue decline that is affecting the entire newspaper industry, The Star has turned to cost-cutting measures, including a plan announced Wednesday that would offer severance packages to certain employees if they decide to leave the newspaper.

"I've been in the business 29 years, and I've never seen a slump come on as quickly as this one in advertising dollars," Star Publisher and President Tim Gallagher said Wednesday.

The company already has made some adjustments, such as instituting a hiring freeze and re-examining some vendor contracts.

"We're finding ways to operate more efficiently," Gallagher said.

Twenty-two of the paper's 404 employees were offered voluntary separation plans Wednesday.

The employees are age 55 and older who have worked at least 10 years for E.W. Scripps, parent company of The Star. The package includes a week's pay for every six months an employee has worked for the newspaper, for up to a year's worth of pay, and 18 months of health benefits covered by the company.

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25 posted on 03/22/2007 4:33:14 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb; All

Yes a listener to WRKO this morning (via email) noted that
"Eileen MacNamara will no longer be terrorizing us with
her writing--she took a buyout."


26 posted on 03/22/2007 8:13:20 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

How many liberals does it take to tell ONE big lie?


27 posted on 03/22/2007 10:32:05 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: abb
A room full of monkeys sitting at desks typing on keyboards all produce the same type of news items.

Cut costs by eliminating some monkeys and the product still stays the same.

28 posted on 03/22/2007 10:39:33 AM PDT by N. Theknow ((Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.))
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